Yu-Gi-Oh! VRAINS Simulcast on Crunchyroll

June 1, 2017 at 6:30 pm | Posted in Japanese, Konami, VRAINS, Yu-Gi-Oh! | 10 Comments
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4K Media's Yu-Gi-Oh! VRAINS promo image on Crunchyroll

Into the VRAINS we go! Yu-Gi-Oh! VRAINS is getting a simulcast on Crunchyroll in Japanese with English subtitles! Episodes 1 through 3 of this newest Yu-Gi-Oh! anime are available now to everyone for free. Episode 4 is available exclusively to premium subscribers until next Wednesday. New episodes will be uploaded every Wednesday. The series is available worldwide except for Australia, Canada, France, Italy, San Marino, Vatican City, and most of Asia.

Congratulations to 4K Media (Konami) and Crunchyroll for making Yu-Gi-Oh! history once again!

Coincidentally or not, the official Japanese Yu-Gi-Oh! anime Twitter @yugioh_anime has also announced that fans in Japan will be getting their own VRAINS stream beginning June 6.

(News from Crunchyroll, h/t Yu-Gi-Oh! Fan Page)

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  1. Cool! Yes… YEs… YES YES YES!!!! It’s a miracle!!!

  2. Does the Pope find Yu-Gi-Oh! blasphemous or something?

    I’m guessing the other countries are missing out because 4K believes they can sell the show to TV channels there? That’s the only way I can explain the Canadian exclusion.

  3. @simtek34 The Egyptian Gods must have caused the hearts of the Japanese Yu-Gi-Oh! overlords to grow three sizes, or something.

    @jonathanprimus Rights issues rear their ugly heads once again. T.T

  4. Will you add VRAINS to the watch videos section on the right of the screen here?

  5. Wow. I guess 4K Media read my comment on your last post. https://ravegrl.wordpress.com/2017/05/25/4k-media-wants-to-know-what-do-you-think-of-yugioh-vrains-so-far/#comment-72708

    But seriously, 10 years ago people would have laughed if you told them Yu-Gi-Oh! would be getting a simulcast. Even I think as recent as 5 years back, people were still saying that 4Kids/4K Media would never let the Japanese version out before the dubbed version.

  6. @simtek34 Yes! But my updates will always be slower than CR’s, so be sure to add the show to your CR queue so you automatically receive alerts about new episodes.

    @D Dubbs I was one of the people who wouldn’t have predicted that the Japanese version would premiere in the West before the English version. ARC-V never really caught on over here so I’d become worried about how far ahead the Japanese anime and OCG, and even the TCG, would get relative to the English anime. I’m glad things are changing for the better!

  7. Really.
    It is a very relevant paradigm shift in the form of Yu-Gi-Oh! being worked out of Asia, and that goes completely against the philosophy imposed by 4Kids, and very close to the philosophy adopted by The Pokémon Company International with her anime.
    It is a sign that at last 4K Media realized that their version of the anime of Yu-Gi-Oh! lost too much force to become so irrelevant in order to have such a complicated spread in the countries that usually exhibited it. Even in the United States, since the GX was abruptly disrupted, the display of the later anime has never been the same, and we see today the ARC-V in a totally overdue display and of low expressiveness in terms of audience.
    Interestingly, it has purposely ruled out countries where its version of ARC-V is well underway.
    And it raises an alert in countries like Brazil, where the dubbing of the anime of Yu-Gi-Oh! stagnated to such a point where it happened to question if really the version of it of the animes would be well received or not (stopped in the episode 13 of Yu- Gi-Oh! 5D’s, and Bonds Beyond Time took too long to be released there, and it seems to be repeated with The Dark Side Of Dimensions). And this happened precisely because it lost the main channel of display of the anime, that was to Nickelodeon.

  8. Hmm, what is 4Kids’ philosophy and how is it different than The Pokemon Company’s? 4Kids hasn’t been involved with Yu-Gi-Oh! for years and TPC doesn’t do simulcasts so I’m a little puzzled by that comment. I do agree Yu-Gi-Oh! isn’t a powerhouse any more and hasn’t been in the last several years. If this simulcast deal had not happened, who knows when we’d ever get VRAINS in the West.

  9. The Philosophy of 4Kids refers to the fact that it always prioritizes its version, different from what 4K Media is doing.
    As for Pokémon, it may actually have been a misleading comparison, and I know Pokémon does not have simulcast (although curiously it makes the episodes available on its own site, just like Yu-Gi-Oh!). But I emphasized it because the western version of the anime is much more aligned with the Japanese version than at the time that 4Kids worked with the anime.

  10. Ah, I see. Thanks for explaining.


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